Harissa sticky chicken with couscous 2016

Harissa sticky chicken with couscous

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4

No chickpeas in the cupboard? Use cannellini or kidney beans in this easy chicken dish with fragrant coriander couscous and a spicy harissa paste glaze

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal721
  • fat32g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre7g
  • protein41g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 3 tbsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 3 tbsp honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 200g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • small pack coriander, roughly chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. In a small pan, melt together the butter, harissa, honey and lemon juice. Arrange the chicken on a baking tray and pour over the harissa mixture. Roast for 45-50 mins, basting with the harissa every 10 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion over a medium heat for 8-10 mins to soften. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, then add the couscous. Turn off the heat, put on the lid and leave to stand for 4-5 mins until the couscous has absorbed the stock. Stir in the coriander, chickpeas and lemon zest. Serve the chicken on the couscous and spoon over the juices from the chicken.

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mtisa's picture
23rd Feb, 2020
Delicious. I used boneless thighs.
16th Jan, 2019
I used a mix of usual harissa and a herb/lemon harissa, otherwise followed recipe. The sauce from the chicken added flavour to the cous cous. Turned out delicious and will definitely make again.
Frantic Flapjack
4th Dec, 2016
Really good midweek supper. I used chicken breast sliced into chunks. The couscous is simple but tastes lovely.
10th Nov, 2016
This was really nice and enjoyed by whole family! I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and made a tomato, cucumber and coriander salad and had a baguette too....delish!
9th Nov, 2016
Delicious and easy to cook, good midweek supper.
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